Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) is pleased to announce the local designers featured in the June 14 Cultural Runway Series: Click, Clack, Squeak on the Buell Theatre stage.

“We were so successful featuring local artists and designers for our recent Cultural Runway: Community, and our Woven Together exhibitions, we thought we would do it again,” said Shanna Shelby, cultural program administrator and creator of the DAV Cultural Runway Series. “We asked fashion designers from the community to submit original shoe fashions, and we are excited to showcase emerging designers as well as brands that have become well established and recognizable.”

Not only will the runway show feature fashions from local designers working with everything from custom sneakers to costume design, but well-known brands, such as Jimmy Choo, Prada and Rockmount Ranch Wear will also be presented on the catwalk. In addition, DAV will showcase several pairs of shoes representative of cultures around the world and across centuries on loan from award-winning textile expert, Paul Ramsey. These range from Japanese bamboo sandals to traditional Turkish slippers to wooden footwear worn by Hindu priests in India.

Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Runway: Click, Clack, Squeak – Friday, June 14, 5 p.m. preshow event, 7:30 p.m. runway show. This runway show presents a showcase of shoes from around the world, from Turkey to Texas, from Japan to Michael Jordan. Shoes are fun and personal, and contemporary footwear design embraces tradition such as indigenous beadwork, yet also looks to the future with new profiles and patterns. To add to the fun, the audience will find themselves behind the curtain, seated on the Buell Theatre stage, where they will find themselves immersed in the production. Prior to being seated on the Buell Theatre stage, attendees will gather outside on 13th and Champa streets, where they can nosh on delectable bites from their favorite food trucks, shop from local artists, artisans and other vendors, dance as the DJ spins, and sip, swig and swill custom cocktails.

Click, Clack, Squeak Featured Designers:
Andrea Fischer: Andrea Fischer (she/her) is a bipolar recycled fiber artist. Her immersive installations and sculptures ask viewers to indulge in an altered whimsical reality valued by recycled materials.

Doug Kacena: Doug Kacena is a celebrated abstract artist, a textile designer of handmade Tibetan and Nepalese rugs, the highly regarded gallery owner of K Contemporary, a studio owner, an art therapist, a provocative curator, a podcast host, a collector and a passionate advocate for other artists.

Kate Major: Kate Major started her career making circus costumes for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Cirque Du Soleil but found her true calling making monsters at Meow Wolf. In an effort to minimize the epic waste of the fashion industry, Kate prioritizes using recycled and repurposed materials.

LeeLee James: LeeLee James channels her engineering education, dance training and resourcefulness through queer, femme and Black identities into a wild and wonderful expression of STEAM art.

Nine Two Two: Featuring repurposed textiles, patchwork and denim, each Nine Two Two garment is crafted by applying laws of energy and magnetism to create art that goes beyond what the eyes can see.

No New Friends Vintage: No New Friends Vintage is founded on the sustainable concept that shoes, accessories, clothes are our friends and we don’t need new ones. 

Ramsey Cotter: From an early age, Ramsey Cotter began collecting clothes and celebrating anything that involved fashion, art, music and design. Her boots are her canvas for sharing her stories of color and material. She operates in a flow state, led first by color and then by texture.

Rockmount Ranch Wear: Rockmount has been making the world safe for Western wear since 1946. Rockmount's signature Western shirt design with sawtooth pockets and diamond snaps is the longest running shirt design in America. Rockmount also makes hats, boots and accessories. 

The Jessica Hernreich Collection: Jessica Hernreich is a designer and teacher. Her shoe collection, on loan for the runway show, includes Chanel, Burberry, Miu Miu, Prada, Ferragamo, Louboutin, McQueen, Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Valentino.

Treena Elizabeth: Treena started her creative career with drawing and painting as a child, then branched off into sculpting, textiles and fashion, and live performances. After dropping out of high school and getting her GED, she began following her passion in dance and costume making.

Learn more about the designers.